Impact Assessments of Automated Truck Platooning on Highway Traffic Flow and Adjacent Drivers

The primary goal of this research is to examine the effectiveness of automated truck platooning (ATP) implementation on a major interstate highway carrying freight traffic under various traffic conditions, given managed strategies. The managed lane strategies for ATP would include: (1) ATP-dedicated lane on the left-most lane, (2) ATP-dedicated lane on the right-most lane, (3) ATP-General Purpose Vehicles (GPV) shared lane on the left-most lane; and (4) No dedicated/shared lanes (i.e., free lane selection). Using VISSIM-based traffic simulation modeling approach, the impacts of ATP on traffic flow under the three-lane use strategies are assessed by capturing mobility, safety, and environmental performance measures depending on different Market Penetration Rates (MPRs) of ATP fleets. In addition, scenario-driven investigations will be performed to capture the drivers' safety awareness, given ATP on a highway, by using a high-fidelity driving simulator. Taking into considerations heavy truck traffics generated by Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, New Jersey would be the most desirable state in the U.S where the ATP technology can produce tangible benefits when implemented.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $ 186960
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

    Patel, Himanshu

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University Heights
    Newark, NJ  United States  07102-1982
  • Principal Investigators:

    Spasovic, Lazar

    Lee, Joyoung

  • Start Date: 20180401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677596
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC53
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2018 12:06PM